If not today, then tomorrow. If not tomorrow, then soon!
I know this amazing boy who is 8 years old. He is best friends with another amazing little boy who was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. 8 years old...
From my experience, these boys are pretty indestructible. They run and fall and get up to run again. But at the tender age of 8, they must both grow up faster than they should. The newly diagnosed little boy must learn all about what it means to live with diabetes. He must learn to test his blood sugar 8-10 times a day. He must learn how to give himself a shot 5-7 times a day. He must learn how to play all over again so that he doesn't have a low while doing so.
My little friend will have to learn a lot of this too. That's what it means to be a "bestie." It means supporting your friend with diabetes. It means standing up for that friend because there will be bullies. There will be kids that don't understand and that don't want to understand. It means being the only house that his friend can spend the night at because his parents have learned that not all adults understand. It means trying very hard to go back to "normal" even though they both know so much has changed. At 8 years old.
I had that kind of "bestie" when I was diagnosed. It made all the difference. I knew that she had my back since day one. I knew that she would get me a juice box if she saw me going low. I knew that she would stand up for me. Every day. No matter what.
I walk because I don't want any more 8 year olds to have to live that day of diagnosis ever again. I will walk until a cure is found. If not today, then tomorrow. If not tomorrow, then soon!